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This group is for birding, birders and bird enthusiasts. One can be a pet owner, researcher, Ornithologist, birder that is advanced or novice. Anyone interested in birds!

Location: Austin, TX
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Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 2. 2 Replies

Here's Petey the Puffin, trying to swallow a butterfish that's far too large for his throat.... the little grey fluff ball... keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the…Continue

Tags: tipping point, phytoplankton collapse, Gulf of Maine, Climate Destabilization, Petey the Puffin

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. May 25. 6 Replies

Recently I went to view the Whooping Cranes at a Wildlife refuge - putting up a few pics for everyone.…Continue

Migrating Birds Could Inspire New Military Tech

Started by Steph S. May 21. 0 Replies

Hypersonic drones, flying armored cars, space planes — these are the kinds…Continue

'Teenage' songbirds experience high mortality due to many causes, study finds

Started by Steph S. May 8. 0 Replies

Nearly one-third of songbird species across North America are…Continue

River Birds Affected by Hormone-disrupting Pollutants

Started by Steph S. Apr 29. 0 Replies

Studies have shown for some time now that endocrine disrupting substances from…Continue

Blue-Footed Boobies Declining in the Galapagos

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 28. 1 Reply

The population of blue-footed…Continue

What songbirds tell us about how we learn

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 11. 1 Reply

When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your…Continue

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Comment by Tammy S on August 23, 2012 at 7:26am

Raynebird you've found an ally here, I no longer breed for the same reasons I ran across so many other breeders when I worked in a local pet store that bred birds in the same nasty, horrible manner that the infamous puppy mills are run, unfortunately they don't seem to hold the same stature as dogs and cats for some reason and you can't get a focus on those breeders, I'm guessing it's because it's a little harder and overall more expensive to house exotic birds, so it would likely be a harder sale to get resuce homes for them. 

My Francine was abused by her former owner's unruly children and to this day despises children, she actually agresses upon any that come near her. I tried raising my child around her and having her near me when handling Francine but still she never accepted her and would bite and charge any time I put her down in the room until Shanell was in her 20's, now she's indifferent toward her, but she's never been interested in too many people other than my husband and I, of course I'm no trainer and I've probably managed to spoil her and make her even more anti-social, rather than rehabilitate her, it's more likely that she has us trained.

 

I should definitely learn some of the tactics though, I rescued and managed to place a cockatoo a while back but Ms. Francine learned some VERY naughty behaviors from that bird that I'm still trying to undo. Lesson learned, never rehome a parrot for someone in a domestically abusive relationship, poor bird was mad as a hatter.

 

I tried to look at the photobucket link you posted but it's not public.

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 8:50pm

Hi Lillie!

Yes, when I look through the binoculars the markings do look like jewels - so beautiful. Blue Jays are one of my favorite birds. Of course I have a long list of birds - I think I like all of them.

I would love to see more of your bird pictures Tammy.

I'll post more of mine too.

I just love looking at bird pictures.

Comment by Lillie on August 20, 2012 at 8:47pm

Steph, have you noticed the white marks on the Blue Jay's wings look like jewels when seen through binoculars?

Comment by Tammy S on August 20, 2012 at 8:09pm

Mom was so mad with us for so long for teaching her birds 'bad bad things'! LOL We need more birdy pics, I need to try to get my girls for ya, I have 3 ravens who hang out on the deck with me pretty regularly, a hawk drops by occasionally and I have the pesky little starlings always stealing my dog food! The ravens do too but they don't make deposits all over the deck so I don't mind them as much. We stained the deck blue this year to match the roof and they've decided they like a little 'white' polkadot pattern on it!

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 4:33pm

Tammy that was a really funny story you shared about your birds. Made me laugh.

Thanks!

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 12:44pm

Yes, my Mom has been taking care of birds since she was little.

She took care of chickens on the ranch when she was growing up. My Grandfather grew up on a ranch/farm.

He used to tell us stories of waking up at the crack of dawn to go and milk cows and do the chores.

I would love to see more picture of your lovely Francine Tammy.

Very beautiful bird.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful day.

Comment by Tammy S on August 20, 2012 at 8:07am

When Ms. Francine is not pissy because she's going through a molt, I will try to take some better pics. I still have to sneak up on her if she's out of the cage with that particular camera, something about it sets her off, it must be the whirring noise it makes because she wasn't like this with the old SLR...

Comment by Lillie on August 19, 2012 at 8:44pm

Your mom's bird really looks healthy unlike some I have seen.  She must know a lot about birds and how to take good care of them.

Comment by Tammy S on August 19, 2012 at 7:13pm

Aww pretty blue budgie! We had one when I was growing up, his name was Greenie and he had the most sinister, little voice. I loved that silly bird! Then later we had Nanday Conures their names were Baby and Teach and someone who shall remain nameless watched porn around them late at night while the cage was covered, so both of them would make sex noises and repeat 'yes, yes, yes' in their sexy voices when we had people over and embarass my Mother to death, it was sooo funny!

Comment by Steph S. on August 19, 2012 at 2:22pm

Here's a picture of my mom's Blue Bird - parakeet.

 

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